Task Group Energy

Total avoided CO2 emissions

In the course of the project substantial reductions of CO2 emissions could be achieved. The direct and indirect avoided CO2 emissions resulting from various activities are summarized in the table below.


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Avoided CO2 emissions per year [tonnes]

Direct effects from lighthouse projects

Lighthouse project 1: Retrofit of Nanshan building to extra-low energy consumption (85% energy savings standard), measured


Lighthouse project 2: First passive house in West China (95% energy savings standard) after completion according to design


Lighthouse project 3: Improved energy efficiency of PVC production at ZhongTai Chemical Co. (as of 2011) Source: cleaner production audit by XJAEPS, IFEU, and IUWA


Implementation in planning

Revision of energy efficiency standard for new buildings: 75% energy savings standard for 65% of new buildings effective 2014 and 100% of all buildings effective 2015 (compared to existing 65% energy savings standard), for a total of 28 million m2 gross floor area in 2018


Additional energy efficiency improvements at ZhongTai Chemical Co.: Additional 4% savings of carbide input from acetylene loss reduction at PVC production capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year


Indirect effects due to recommended policy changes

Recommended policy 1: 1 million m2 of new construction in Urumqi in passive house standard (compared to existing 65% energy savings standard)


Recommended policy 2: Retrofit of 10 million m2 of existing buildings to 65% energy savings standard (compared to existing 50% energy savings standard for retrofits)


Recommended policy 3: Feedstock change for planned expansion of PVC production of 5 million tonnes per year


For comparison:

CO2 emissions in Xinjiang (pop. 23 million) in the year 2012: 180,000,000 tonnes

Per-capita emissions in Xinjiang in the year 2012: 9.3 tonnes